For Many Women, Divorce Means Losing Health Insurance Protection

By Shefali S. Kulkarni, Kaiser Health News Divorce is usually a painful exercise in splitting up assets. But for many women, it also means losing health insurance protection. A study released this week from the University of Michigan reveals that roughly 115,000 American women lose their private health insurance annually after a divorce and about half of them do not get replacement coverage. The researchers also said this is not a “temporary disruption.” They found that “women’s overall rates of health …

Ready for a Permanent Vacation Abroad?

I’m just back from vacation in the U.S. Good for me, but not so good for friends who confided they are suddenly on “permanent” vacation. As in “laid off” and with no prospects in sight. They’re being forced to explore their options. Suddenly, I’d become very popular at cocktail parties and other gatherings. “Can you really live inexpensively outside the U.S.?” my friends asked. “What’s it like to live in a foreign country? Is it safe? Is there Internet? English-language …

The Takeaway: Expanding Medicaid Programs Saves Lives, Say Harvard Profs

A study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine says that when states expanded their Medicaid programs, fewer people died. It may seem common sense that giving low-income Americans more access to affordable health care results in them having better health (and subsequently lower death rates). But critics of Medicaid expansion contend the program does not improve the health of beneficiaries and may even be linked to worse health.

Positive Hep C Test Could Mean Insurance Denial

It sounds like reasonable advice: The government is urging all baby boomers to get tested for the hepatitis C virus, which people often don’t realize they have and which can damage or destroy the liver. Except there’s one little complication, as msnbc.com points out: A positive result on your hep C test could torpedo your chances of getting insurance if you’re uninsured, or hoping to buy more insurance, such as long-term care. As reporter JoNel Aleccia writes, “Experts in health …

Insurance Refund: The Check Might Be In The Mail

Almost a third of people who bought their own insurance last year will get refunds averaging $127 under a provision of the new health care law, according to a new analysis of state data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research group. The checks are due consumers and businesses by Aug. 1, but the percentage of those who can expect the rebates varies widely by state, the foundation said. In some states, like Vermont, Rhode Island, Iowa and Hawaii, less than …

The Takeaway: Middle-Income Americans Satisfied With Medicare; Talk To Docs About Herbal Remedies

A recent survey, conducted by Bankers Life and Casualty Company, found 82 percent of middle-income Americans on Medicare say they’re ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ satisfied with access t0 and quality of health care. Only 2 percent said they were ‘not satisfied’ with Medicare access and quality.